Late-Night Lately: Reacting to Matt Lauer News, Kimmel's Roy Moore Fight, Melania's Christmas Wishes

8:00 AM 12/2/2017

by THR Staff

THR's Late-Night Lately rounds up the best sketches and guests with a look at what's to come next week.

Courtesy of ABC (Kimmel) and CBS (Benanti)

The Hollywood Reporter's Late-Night Lately is a one-stop shop for all of the most memorable moments of late-night TV, coming to you each Saturday morning to ease you into your weekend.

So fill up your coffee, set your DVR for the week and sit back. Below are a few of the week's best, funniest and strangest late-night moments you can't afford to miss.

— Compiled by Jennifer Konerman

  • Hosts Respond to Matt Lauer Sexual Harassment Claims

    Screengrab/The Daily Show with Trevor Noah

    Late-night hosts dug into the sexual harassment allegations against former Today show anchor, Matt Lauer, on Wednesday night.

    On the Daily Show, Trevor Noah lamented that the entire situation of sexual harassment currently surrounding media is "so shit for women, because no matter how it happens, you're losing. Either it's happening to you, or it's your show that's affected." Noah showed footage of Today hosts Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb announcing the news of Lauer's termination on the NBC program that morning. "They just found out, and then they had to report it ...The stage manager was just like, 'Three, two, we fired Matt Lauer, and we're live.' "

    The Comedy Central host went on to question just how many figures in news media had been accused of sexual harassment, citing Bill O'Reilly, Charlie Rose and Mark Halperin. "Soon, they'll have enough to start their own perv news network." 

    Stephen Colbert mocked President Trump’s Twitter response to the Lauer allegations on The Late Show. “Listen up, you don’t get to comment,” Colbert continued toward Trump. "That’s the pot calling the kettle at 3 a.m. and asking what she’s wearing.”

    Colbert also commented on a claim from an anonymous woman that Lauer gifted a sex toy to a colleague along with a detailed note on how he wanted to use it. "It’s bad enough that he gave her a sex toy, but he also gave instructions? He found a way to mansplain sexual harassment!"

    ABC's Jimmy Kimmel similarly addressed Trump's tweets, saying, "If anyone knows about inappropriate behavior in the workspace at NBC, it’s Donald Trump," the host quipped. "Is he aware he’s him?" Kimmel then asked.

    Turning his attention to Lauer, Kimmel commented, "Does Matt Lauer have to do an emotional sit-down interview with himself?"

    After Jimmy Fallon opened his monologue on The Tonight Show noting the recent lighting of the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree, he added, "Also getting lit tonight, the HR rep over at the Today show. If you’re wondering where in the world is Matt Lauer. He’s probably at a bar with Charlie Rose."

    Over at Comedy Central’s The Opposition with Jordan Klepper, the host played a video of Andy Cohen interviewing Katie Couric, where she admitted that Lauer’s most annoying habit is that he “pinches” her on her rear. “Did you catch that? It’s subtle,” Klepper said. “Granted, a little pitch on the ass was just a high-five in the 1950 2013s.” 

    NBC's Late Night had been taped early due to the Christmas tree lighting in front of his studio at 30 Rockefeller Center, so Seth Meyers was unable to comment on the Lauer story until Thursday, when he devoted his "Closer Look" segment to the former Today host, talking about how the female colleague who accused Lauer of inappropriate sexual behavior reported that the questionable behavior occurred at the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games. “And you thought the most disgusting thing at the Sochi Olympics was Bob Costas’ pink eye,” Meyers joked. “Well move over pink eye! There’s a new, grosser sheriff in town.”

  • Jimmy Kimmel Responds to Roy Moore's "Man to Man" Threat

    Courtesy of Randy Holmes/ABC

    Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore took to Twitter on Thursday with some choice words for Jimmy Kimmel, who has been mocking the politician on his show for allegations that Moore sexually assaulted underage girls. "If you want to mock our Christian values, come down here to Alabama and do it man to man," Moore tweeted, to which Kimmel responded, "Sounds great Roy - let me know when you get some Christian values and I’ll be there!" and, later, "OK Roy, but I'm leaving my daughters at home! P.S. - wear that cute little leather vest."

    The ABC host furthered the feud on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Thursday night. "I accept the invitation," Kimmel said, referring to Moore's call to go to Alabama. "I'm going to come down with a team of high school cheerleaders. … And when the girls and I show up, if you can somehow manage to keep little Roy in your cowboy pants, you and I will sit down in the food court and have a chat about Christian values."

    Kimmel went on to question Moore's invitation and whether the candidate meant to fight Kimmel. "There is no one I would rather fight," Kimmel said. "Whoever wins the fight, we’ll donate the money from tickets we sell to whatever charity we want. I’ll donate mine to the women who claim you molested them."

  • Laura Benanti's Melania Trump Returns to 'Late Show' With Christmas Wishes

    Stephen Colbert took a moment on Thursday's Late Show to express his sympathy for Melania Trump. “President Trump has been very tough on immigrants, but it hasn’t all been deportations. He’s also detaining some foreigners against their will. For instance, Melania." 

    The host proceeded to explain the recent back-and-forth between the first lady and Trump’s first wife Ivana, who revealed in an interview with Good Morning America that she doesn’t want to call Trump at the White House, as a way to avoid stirring “jealousy” with Melania because she’s the “First Trump wife.”

    “With all this going on, I feel bad for the First Lady, so I wanted to give her equal time to respond,” Colbert said, before introducing the Late Show's frequent Melania Trump impersonator, Laura Benanti. 

    “I want you to feel like The Late Show is your home,” Colbert told Benanti’s Melania, only for her to respond, “Aw, can I move in there?”

    To celebrate the upcoming holiday, Benanti’s Melania also revealed that she found “inspiration” from Santa Claus for an escape plan. “If you can come down a chimney to go into a house, then you can go up a chimney to get out of a house,” she said. Benanti then revealed the rope she created out of the family Christmas stockings, excitedly shouting, “Merry Christmas to all and to all a good-bye!”

  • Star-Studded Cast Joins Jimmy Kimmel for (RED) Charity Late-Night Special

    Courtesy of ABC

    On Tuesday night, Jimmy Kimmel held his eponymous late-night show’s (RED) shopathon special for the third year in a row, surprising the Jimmy Kimmel Live! audience with star-studded guest appearances and a surprise message from Barack Obama, all present to encourage viewers to join the fight against AIDS. 

    Kimmel welcomed the “currently unemployed” Obama, who recorded a motivational video message for the charity-centered episode. The former president began his message informing the audience that everyone embodies different roles, emphasizing that he isn’t just a “former president” but “a husband who hasn’t done his Christmas shopping yet.”

    The special also featured other fun moments, including actress Kristen Bell helping Kimmel advertise potential Christmas gifts, where Bryan Cranston took a shower with “Show(Red) Essentials Kit” from Baxter of California and Rita Wilson offered a show makeover to an audience member who magically transformed into Ashton Kutcher. DJ Khaled also brought his son to model the “Dream Blanket,” onesies and a portable charger. 

    The star-studded group of guests helped conclude Kimmel’s special show, with a performance of “We’re Going to Hell.” Stars included: Bell, Kutcher, Bono, DJ Khaled, Wilson, Diddy and Kimmel on the piano.  “If we don’t help people with AIDS, we’re going to Hell,” the dubbed “Red Pack” of stars sang, hoping to raise money for the charity organization. 

  • Jimmy Fallon, Martin Short Mock Trump in "Little Drummer Boy" Parody

    Courtesy of NBC

    The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon has mocked President Trump through impressions before, but the host has found a new way to take a stab at the commander-in-chief in collaboration with Martin Short. 

    In a bit called "The Little Trumper Boys," the two dressed up in "Little Drummer Boy" costumes with drum sets and Trump-like wigs and chanted along to the classic Christmas tune about Trump’s first year in office. The lyrics described some of Trump’s high-profile controversies, including his friendship with Russian President Vladimir Putin, his obsession with Hillary Clinton and his fixation on building a wall along the border of Mexico.

    Fallon and Short even made a request to social media platform Twitter in light of when the president’s account was unavailable for 11 minutes earlier this month: “Shut down his Twitter feed, please, please, please, please, please, tweet, tweet, tweet, tweet, Trump, Trump, Trump, Trump.”

  • Late-Night Lineup: December 3-9

    Monday, December 4
    The Late Show With Stephen Colbert: One year after being fired from Today, the former host Billy Bush has booked his first appearance on the show. 

    Late Night With Seth Meyers: Full Frontal host Samantha Bee stops by to chat with her fellow late-night host, once again colliding the late-night worlds. 

    Friday, December 8
    The Late Show With Stephen Colbert: Mark Hamill himself joins Colbert on CBS, just weeks before Star Wars: The Last Jedi hits theaters. 

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